May 2, 2014 12:00pm PDT
good news. >> president obama and german chancellor angela merkel say they're ready to slap russia with new punishment if it disrupts ukraine's elections this month. the two leaders spoke after meeting at the white house. >> we have said we would apply costs and consequences to the russians if they continued with their actions, and that is exactly what we have done. >> i hope that russia will live up better in the future to its responsibilities, but we need to see deeds matching their words. >> we are witnessing a huge turning opinion in the conflict in eastern ukraine. ukraine launched its first major assault on pro-russian militants in one one of a dozen cities where they seeded government buildings. militants shot down two helicopters, one with a surface to air missile. two crew members died and ukrainian troops killed, quote, many militants and took control of all the checkpoints outside the city. a spokesperson for russian president vladimir putin says the offensive was effectively destroyed, and it has effectively destroyed the last hope for an international peace agreement.